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cloudburst

[kloud-burst] /ˈklaʊdˌbɜrst/
noun
1.
a sudden and very heavy rainfall.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; cloud + burst
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Examples for cloudburst
  • If a particularly vigorous cloudburst should fill this infiltration basin, the overflow is channeled into a nearby dry well.
  • He is not so much oblivious to the cloudburst as reveling in it.
  • He never uses cold-snap, cloudburst or under the weather.
  • There is a cloudburst along the way, which soaks me to the skin.
  • Still other lahars resulted from precipitation of cloudburst proportions and by glacier outburst floods.
  • Thunderstorm-related floods often result from localized rainfall of cloudburst intensity.
British Dictionary definitions for cloudburst

cloudburst

/ˈklaʊdˌbɜːst/
noun
1.
a heavy downpour
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Word Origin and History for cloudburst
cloudburst
1817, Amer.Eng., from cloud + burst. Parallels Ger. Wolkenbruch.
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